Holding a Doctor of Health Science can lead to a career in a number of advanced health-related professions. This article explores three such options: health specialties educator, clinical researcher, and medical and health service manager.
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The Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) is a post-master's degree designed for people working in a variety of health care professions who want to advance to teaching or leadership positions. This degree was created in the United States in 2000 to prepare clinical and public health practitioners and health care administrators to find and implement solutions for health care issues. Graduates are employed in educational, clinical and community settings as health specialties educators, clinical researchers, and medical and health service managers.
|Career||Health Specialties Educator||Clinical Researcher||Medical and Health Service Manager|
|Education Requirements||Doctorate, master's||Doctorate, master's||Master's or doctorate|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||19%||8% (for medical scientists, except epidemiologists)||17%|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$90,840||$82,240 (for medical scientists, except epidemiologists)||$94,500|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A D.H.Sc. degree can open doors to a variety of careers for those who want to teach or assume leadership positions in the health-care industry.
Health Specialties Educator
A D.H.Sc. program can prepare professionals to teach courses in their area of specialty. For example, a physical therapist who obtains a D.H.Sc. typically is qualified to teach courses leading to a master's degree in physical therapy at a college or university. Health professions educators can be hired as part-time, adjunct or full-time, tenured faculty members. Many faculty members conduct research in addition to teaching.
Salary and Employment Info for Health Specialties Educators
Because the field of health care is expanding and more health care workers, such as nurses, are needed, opportunities for individuals qualified to teach health sciences are on the rise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that postsecondary teachers in health specialties, such as pharmacy and public health, earned a yearly median wage of $90,840 as of 2015.
While clinical research positions have traditionally been linked to Ph.D. and M.D. graduates, those with D.H.Sc. degrees are prepared to conduct clinical research in the field in which they have a master's degree. Universities, hospitals, and private and governmental laboratories are common employers.
Salary and Employment Info for Clinical Researchers
The BLS reports that employment for medical scientists, excluding epidemiologists, is forecast to increase 8% between 2014 and 2024, which is about average. More medical scientists and clinical researchers are expected to be needed as the population grows and pharmaceutical developments increase. The BLS listed the median annual salary for medical scientists in May 2015 as $82,240.
Medical and Health Service Manager
Sometimes called health care administrators or health care executives, managers in this area supervise the delivery of health care, taking leadership roles in implementing policies and procedures. They often work in hospitals, managing departments or facilities or as part of a team overseeing the entire organization.
Salary and Employment Info for Medical and Health Services Managers
Many people interested in health services administration start out at the assistant administrator level, such as assistant administrator in a hospital. The BLS predicts that employment in medical and health services management will grow 17% during the 2014-2024 decade. There should be a continuing need for health care managers as the health care industry evolves. The BLS indicated the median annual salary of medical and health services managers was $94,500 as of May 2015.
Employment for clinical researchers is expected to remain about level with the national average across all jobs, with the federal government being the largest employer. Prospects for both educators and managers in the health science field look good in the upcoming years. These careers can be both personally and financially rewarding.